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Somondoco

Somondoco is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá. This town and larger municipal area are located in the Valle de Tenza; the Valle de Tenza is the ancient route connecting the Llanos. The area is dotted with many such little towns all located at the same altitude. Somondoco borders Almeida in the east, Guayatá in the west and Sutatenza in the north and in the south the Cundinamarca municipality of Ubalá; the nearest larger town is Guateque, about 30 minutes away by car. In Somondoco are several small companies producing handicrafts and collectables. Somondoco is derived from the Chibcha words So = stone, Mon = bath, Co = support; the village is named after cacique Sumindoco. Somondoco is a old center of population extending back into prehistory; the Muisca settled here due to the abundance of emeralds mined in the Andes mountains. When the Spanish conquistadores led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada arrived, Somondoco was ruled by a cacique named Sumindoco, he was loyal to the zaque of Hunza.

The date of foundation of Somondoco is November 6, 1537. Main economical activities of Somondoco are emerald agriculture. Branquet, Yannick. 1999. Emeralds in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia: Two tectonic settings for one mineralization. Geology 27. 597-600. Accessed 2017-01-05. Giuliani, Gaston. 1995. An evaporitic origin of the parent brines of Colombian emeralds: fluid inclusion and sulphur isotope evidence. European Journal of Mineralogy 7. 151-165. Accessed 2017-01-05. Ortega Medina, Laura Milena. 2007. Tipología y condiciones de formaciónde las manifestaciones del sector esmeraldífero "Peña Coscuez", 1-121. Universidad Industrial de Santander. Accessed 2017-01-05. Pignatelli, Isabella. 2015. Colombian Trapiche Emeralds: Recent Advances in Understanding Their Formation. Gems & Gemology LI. 222-259

The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now is a 2013 American coming-of-age romantic drama film directed by James Ponsoldt, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Tim Tharp about a high school senior grappling with alcoholism, the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered critical acclaim, it grossed $6 million worldwide. Sutter Keely is a charming and popular 18-year-old who has spent his senior year of high school partying and drinking alcohol; when his girlfriend Cassidy Roy breaks up with him, Sutter goes home and writes a college application supplement, in which he says that his biggest hardship in life has been getting dumped by her. He gets drunk, he is woken up on a front lawn by a girl in his year whose name he does not know. Aimee is in the middle of her mother's paper route, Sutter joins her to track down his car; the next day, he asks her to tutor him in geometry. He learns that she is smart and into sci-fi and comics.

Sutter deletes the supplement he wrote about his life's biggest hardship. He takes Aimee to a party the next day, they go for a walk and drink. Aimee confesses she has never been drunk before, never had a boyfriend and does not think she can go to college because she has to take care of her mother. Sutter tells her she is not responsible for her mother before kissing her; the next morning, Sutter realizes that he asked Aimee to prom at the party. He goes to Cassidy's house that night, they get drunk in her room and reminisce, but Cassidy tells him they have no future together and asks him to leave. After her friend warns him not to hurt her, Sutter takes Aimee to dinner at his sister Holly's house, where Aimee talks frankly about the death of her father from an opiate overdose and her dreams of a perfect marriage. Sutter and Aimee's relationship grows more serious and they have sex. Afterward, Sutter confesses that his mother kicked his father out when he was a child and has forbidden him from seeing him, the pair makes a pact to stand up to their mothers.

On prom night, Sutter gifts Aimee a flask. After the dance, Aimee tells him that she is going to college in Philadelphia near her sister, who can help her find an apartment and a job, she asks Sutter to come with her and go to junior college, he hesitantly agrees. Sutter gets his father's phone number from Holly and arranges to meet up to attend a baseball game, bringing Aimee with him, his father forgets about their plans and instead takes them to a local bar, ditching them when he picks up a woman. He asks them to get the tab and meet him back at his motel, but when he fails to arrive, they find him back in the bar drinking with his friends. Sutter and Aimee leave. Aimee attempts to comfort Sutter and says she loves him, but Sutter and drunk, snaps at her. After causing an accident, he tells her he is bad for her and forces her out of the car. Aimee and not paying attention to the road, is clipped by a passing car. Aimee's arm is broken but she forgives Sutter for the incident. At graduation, Sutter opens up his diploma and finds it blank, indicating that he failed his senior year.

After the ceremony, Sutter refuses to drink with Aimee and talks to Cassidy, who tells Sutter that she is moving to California with her boyfriend. Sutter's boss tells him he will be fired if he keeps working drunk. Unable to guarantee his sobriety, Sutter quits. Sutter drives past Aimee, waiting for him by the bus to Philadelphia, leaving her heartbroken, he drives home and totals his mailbox. After an argument with his mother, Sutter reassesses his life and completes the personal statement for his college application, despite having missed the submission deadline, he confesses that his biggest hardship is his insistence to only live in the moment. He finds Aimee as she is leaving class, they make eye contact, Aimee suppresses a smile. Principal photography wrapped a month later. While the novel is set in Oklahoma, director James Ponsoldt preferred to shoot in his hometown, it felt vaguely suburban – or kind of like a college town. It seemed to me. Athens was such an obvious candidate as a setting to shoot the film in – and it was the only place I wanted to make the film.

Filming in Athens was meaningful to me. We shot in the streets and houses of my childhood! The Spectacular Now opened in limited release in North America on August 2, 2013 in four theaters and grossed $197,415 with an average of $49,354 per theater and ranking #30 at the box office; the film's wide release was in 770 theaters and it ended up earning $6.9 million domestically and an additional $63,980 elsewhere for a total of $6.9 million, against its $2.5 million budget. The Spectacular Now was warmly received at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 166 reviews, with an average rating of 7.76/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Spectacular Now is an adroit, sensitive film that avoids typical coming-of-age story trappings." On Metacritic the film has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Roger Ebert, in one of the last reviews of his life, awarded the film a full four stars, stating in his review: Here is a lovely film about two high school seniors who look